Not all anime characters have powers or skills that allow them to stand out. Even if they have pretty moves sometimes, they need extra flair to help them stand out slightly more than other characters in the show. Manga artists have tried to spice up their outfits and features just to draw attention to certain characters.
Some of the features manga artists have fun designing to keep their characters interesting is their hair. From different styles to hair colors, the possibilities are almost endless. Some of the hair colors that fans see a lot of is the color purple.
But just because a lot of characters have purple hair doesn’t make them less attention. Purple is such an attractive color that fans still end up remembering purple-haired characters. Here are some 20 purple-haired characters that caught our hearts.
20. Yuki Nagato – Haruhi Suzumiya
Since the setting of Haruhi Suzumiya was in school, the hair colors seem a bit subdued, but it didn’t stop the creators from adding a little color to the cast. Nagato is not your ordinary student, so her hair color might hint at her actual origins. Nagato, at first glance, seems like your typical introvert at school, but actually, she is an aline created by Data Overmind. As a result, she possesses some higher power.
She reveals to Kyon that her creators sent her to North High to observe Haruhi Suzumiya.
19. Sailor Saturn – Sailor Moon
Hair color was probably also something they inherited from the planet they protect. Sailor Saturn or Hotaru Tomoe is one of the supporting characters of the Sailor Moon franchise. She is both the tenth and the last Sailor Guardian discovered. Her powers are usually associated with destruction and ruin, making her a potential threat to the solar system.
18. Leon – Pokemon Journeys
People are getting hyped up with the tournament in Pokemon Journeys. The anime has brought back a lot of old rivals and champions, along with some interesting new ones. Leon is the current reigning Champion of the Galar region and is said to be the strongest champion in the world. He is known as a Monarch in the World Coronation Series.
Leon has always loved pokemon as a child, even finding a Charmander of his own to become his very first pokemon. He was good friends with Sonia, who had taught him all about pokemon during their childhood. Over time, Leon would eventually participate in the Galar league to become its champion. In Galar, he is known as the undefeated champion.
17. Tsukasa Hiiragi – Lucky Star
Lucky Star was pretty fun to watch, and some of the iconic characters to watch were Tsukasa Hiiragi. This short purple-haired girl is one of the show’s four main characters. she is the only character that calls the main heroin “Kona-Chan.” She is also the younger identical twin sister of Kagami.
Tsukasa seems like the least capable twin among the pair, but she excels on things like cooking and household chores, stuff her twin is terrible at. She is also the sweeter one of the two. Unlike her twin, she rarely gets mad or provoked.
16. Kagami Hiiragi – Lucky Star
Tsukasa’s older sister is also on this list. Kagami is the older twin of the Hiiragi twins and is good friends with Konata and Miyuki. She is the more responsible twin if you look at anything to do with school. However, she isn’t an excellent cook or housekeeper.
Fans classify Kagami as a tsundere towards her friends. She often scolds and looks annoyed at Konata, but she actually wishes to be in the same class as her and her other close friends.
15. Anko Mitarashi – Naruto
Anko is a supporting character in Naruto who makes a reappearance in Boruto. She is currently a Tokubetsu jonin who teaches at Konohagakure Ninja Academy. Back when she was a genin, she sorted into a team led by Orochimaru. During their time as teammates, Orochimaru grew interested in Anko’s capabilities and used her as a test subject for the Cursed Seal of Heavens. There were ten other test subjects along with Anko. However, she was the only one who survived.
Anko gained a little weight in the new ear but is still active with her ninja work. She becomes an instructor at the academy in Konoha and participates in several exams meant to test the students and the genin of the village.
14. Mephisto Pheles – Blue Exorcists
As well as his hair color, purple might also be this demon’s favorite color. He’s outfit has pink and purple accents. Despite being a demon, this odd character is an Exorcist and one of the strongest Eight Demon Kings in the series. He holds the title of the King of Time among the demon kings. Fans following the manga would understand why he has the title.
Despite being a demon, he serves as the Principal of True Cross Academy. After the death of Shiro Fujimoto, he becomes the guardian of Rin and Yukio Okumura. His character is shrouded in mystery, which is no surprise since he is a demon. The only thing that is known about him is that he had a friendship with Shirou before the series.
13. Kotomi Ichinose -Clannad
There are so many purple-haired girls in Clannad. It was hard to pick the best among the bunch. We decided to go to Kotomi since she seemed to be one of the characters that affected Tomoya the most despite having less screen time. If you follow her story, you’ll find out why.
Kotomi is apparently the childhood friend of Tomoyo Okazaki, but the two eventually drifted apart due to belonging to different classes. She is a genius and is usually seen reading and cutting pages in the library. Kotomi is the only female in the anime to see Tomoya as a friend and not a love interest.
12. Yami Yugi – Yu-Gi-Oh!
While his hair may be confusing, some people consider the back side of his hair to be either red or magenta color. However, due to his purple eyes, it might be closer to purple than red. Yami Yugi or Dark Yugi is the spirit of Pharaoh Atem that was resting within the Millennium Puzzle. He and Yugi Moto share the role of being the protagonist of the series.
He and Yugi share the title of the King of Games due to winning various tournaments such as Duelists Kingdom, Battle City, and the Grand Championship. The pharaoh’s spirit would take over Yugi Moto’s body whenever he and his friends were in deep trouble in the series. However, unlike Bakura, Yami Yugi would actually converse with Yugi before taking over.
11. Touka Kirishima – Tokyo Ghoul
When we think of female characters in Tokyo Ghoul, we can’t leave out Touka Kirishima. She is the purple-haired waitress at Anteiku who later becomes the wife of Ken Kaneki and the mother of Ichika Kaneki.
When Touka goes on a hunt, she wears a rabbit mask earning her the alias “Rabbit.” In the anime, because Ghouls are not welcomed in society, she is disguised as a normal human who attends Kiyomi High School. After the Owl Suppression Operation, she became the manager of the coffee shop she was working at. After the events of the series, She and Kaneki start a family together.
10. Kae Serinuma – Watashi Ga Motete Dousunda
Kae is the central heroine of Watashi Ga Motete Dousunda, popularly known to English-speaking fans as Kiss Him, Not Me. At the first part of the series, she is a second-year student who apparently loves anime and manga. She was first introduced as a chubby girl. However, she ended up becoming slim after the death of her favorite anime characters. She shut herself in her room and starved herself due to feeling bad over his death.
Many otakus could probably relate to Kae and might even wish to be in her position. Kae is apparently loved by many of her schoolmates, especially after her massive weight loss. But of course, she ends up with someone who has loved her, even in her chubby self.
9. Cornelia Li Britannia – Code Geass
Code Geass had a lot of dramatic characters within the royal family. One of these characters is the second princess of the Britannian Imperial Family. Cornelia Britannia. She is Lelouch’s half-sister who fights in the front lines. She piloted a Knightmare Frame and established Area 18 before proceeding to Area 11. In the first season, she serves as one of the main antagonists but moves to become a neutral character as the story progresses.
8. Atsushi Murasakibara – Kuroko No Basket
Atsushi is one of the members of the Generation of Miracles and acts as their center. Currently, he plays for Yosen High. Atsushi is one of the tallest players featured in the series. However, despite his height, he actually acts lumpish. He tends to fool around when it calls for the team to be serious. In the beginning, he claims to only play basketball because he knows he is talented at it, but he has no real love for the sport. However, it hinted that he actually loves the sport.
7. Yoruichi Shihounin – Bleach
Bleach has a lot of characters with oddly colored hair, much like their main character. But for this list, we’ll be focusing on Yoruichi Shihoin, the former captain of the 2nd division of the group Gotei 13. She also served as a commander of the Onmitsukido. While she was a commander, her Lieutenant was Marenoshin Omaeda. She eventually abandoned both positions. She works alongside Kisuke Urahara and Tessai Tsukabishi in the Urahara shop in the Human World.
Despite being a noble, she refuses to be called one, refusing the usual suffixes used for nobles. However, she does speak in a different, more prestigious dialect commonly used by elders. While she is usually calm and mature, she can be laid-back and playful during the peaceful times of the anime.
6. Faye Valentine – Cowboy Bebop
Despite having a bounty over her head, Faye is also a bounty hunter joining the bounty hunting crew aboard the Bebop. Faye looks to be a youthful adult woman of the age of 23. However, it is revealed that she is actually 77 years of age. In the past, she was put into a cryogenic freeze for fifty-four years. This causes her to stop aging for that period of time and her memory loss.
After about two encounters with Spike and Jet, she becomes a permanent member of the Bebop. Once she recovers her memory, she returns to the Bebop, deciding that Spike and Jet are now her family. However, Spike decides to leave the ship for the last time to confront his own past.
5. Future Trunks Briefs – Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball has been changing his design and hair color of this half-Saiyan and his move for a long time. However, let’s take a look at his Dragon Ball Z design for the sake of this list. When he first arrived from the future, he had purple hair; however, it sometimes is depicted as blue in Dragon Ball Super.
Trunks is a Saiyan-Earthling hybrid and the son of Bulma Briefs and Vegeta. He first appeared in the series to deliver the medicine for Goku and warn the current timeline Z fighters about the Androids. He ended up returning to the past to help the Z fighters fight against the androids and later Cell. In the conclusion of the Cell Saga, he returns to his own timeline to defeat Android 17, 18, and Cell.
4. Blair – Soul Eater
She quickly became a fan favorite when the anime Soul Eater came out, being introduced as early as the series’ first episode. Blair is a Cat Witch who was mistaken for an actual witch by the main characters: Maka Albarn and Soul Eater. After the fiasco was cleared up, she decided to reside in Maka and Soul’s apartment. She ends up becoming an ally to DWMA.
3. Sinbad – Magi/ Adventure of Sinbad
There hasn’t been an update in the anime for a long time, so the anime stops with Sinbad still retaining his title as the King of Sindria. Sinbad is also the main character of his own show called the Adventure of Sinbad. Before becoming King, Sinbad opened a company called the Sindria Trading Company. He served as an essential ally during the first half of the series.
When the Kingdom of Magic season happens, Sinbad’s intention suddenly becomes mysterious. Sinbad is shown to be very laid back and flirty. However, he is also very arrogant, believing himself to be better than all the other king vessels.
2. Kyoka Jiro – My Hero Academia
When fans think of purple-haired heroes in My Hero Academia, people probably think of either Mineta or Jiro. Now, for the more likable between the two, choosing Jiro is a no-brainer. Jiro is known by her hero name: Hearing Hero: Earphone Jack. She is a student in UA Academy belonging to Class 1-A alongside Izuku Midoriya.
When she was introduced, she hardly got any screen time. However, in the later seasons, especially the School Festival Arc, she’s been showing that she’s more enthusiastic about training to be a Pro Hero.
1. Shinobu Kocho – Demon Slayer
With the continuing rising popularity of Demon Slayer, the characters have always been part of these types of lists. Shinobu Kocho is one of the supporting characters of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. At a young age, she and her sister join the Demon Slayer Corps. She serves the Corps as the Insect Hashira.
Her goal is to protect humans from feeling the loss she and her older sister experienced when demons murdered their parents. She has an adopted sister named Kanao Tsuyuri who is also a member of the Demon Slayer Corps.